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Ruby Murray

Ruby Murray is Cockney slang for Curry.

Ruby Murray
Ruby Murray

A popular and well used expression across London, where Indian food such as curry have been enormously popular since the 1970s. In fact Ruby Murray has become so synomyous with curry, that many London Indian restaurants are named simply "The Ruby".

Ruby Murray was a popular Irish singer. Born in Belfast in 1935, she scored seven top ten hits in the UK during the 50s, including "Heartbeat" (1954), "Softly, Softly" (1955), "If Anyone Finds This, I Love You" (1955) and "Evermore" (1955), along with many other smash hits.

Rhyming slang moves with the times, and the extraordinary rise in popularity of curry in the 1970s attracted new slang. In this respect Ruby Murray is one of the first great examples of the new wave of celebrity rhyming slang. Certainly one of the most popular.

Credit: contributed by Danny on 21-Apr-2000.


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